Palestinians mark Prisoners’ Day with rallies across West Bank, Gaza

Ramallah Thousands of Palestinian protesters held rallies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on April 17, which marks the Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

In Ramallah, Palestinians, including families of prisoners and officials, marched toward the Israeli military checkpoint to the north of the city where soldiers fired tear gas and stun grenades at the protesters soon after arrival, forcing them to disperse.

Similar protests and rallies were held in the West Bank cities of Nablus, Bethlehem and Hebron as well as in Gaza City, where Palestinians gathered outside the Red Cross office demanding intervention from the international humanitarian agency to make sure their sons and daughters held in Israeli prisons are treated according to international law. The protesters held pictures of their imprisoned sons and daughters and called for their release.

At least 6,500 Palestinians are currently incarcerated in Israeli jails for resisting the 50-year-long brutal occupation and for demanding freedom and independence for the Palestinian people in their own state.

Source: International Islamic News Agency